Ryo Ga Gotoku Studio is currently working on Yakuza 8 and one other unannounced game and intends to “do a lot of the Judgment franchise”.
In a conversation with Famitsu (translated by IGN Japan), the studio director of Ryo Ga Gotoku, Masayoshi Yokoyama said: “I can’t go into details about Yakuza 8 yet, but I can reveal that it will be a sequel to the story of 7, discontinued a few years later. “
Yokoyama indicated that it will continue to follow the story of Yakuza: Like a Dragon, protagonist Ichiban Kasuga, confirming that “the story for the year the game goes on sale is set in the present.”
He also spoke about the studio’s other projects beyond the main line of the Yakuza series. “We’re going to be very careful about the Judgment series too,” he said, but didn’t go so far as to say that a third game in the series is in development.
“Beyond judgment, we’d like to tackle a completely new game as soon as the pieces are in place,” said Yokoyama. “In addition to Yakuza and Judgment, we are also working on other unannounced titles.”
It should be noted that the translation from Japanese to English in this case is ambiguous and therefore it is unclear how many unannounced titles Ryo Ga Gotoku is working on; it can be a single game or several new ones. Based on Yokoyama’s statement of a desire to work on “brand new” games, but only if the parts are in place, it seems likely that the games in production are from an existing series.
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These new projects emerge after the creator of the Yakuza series, Toshihiro Nagoshi, left the studio together with former studio manager Daisuke Sato.
“Although personally I am a little sad to go down a new path without Mr. Nagoshi and Mr. (Daisuke) Sato, the staff are very proud of what we are doing,” said Yokoyama. “The passion in the studio is hotter than ever.”
For more info on Ryo Ga Gotoku Studio’s games, check out our reviews of Lost Judgment and Yakuza: Like a Dragon. And to refresh your knowledge of the series, check out the things you (probably) didn’t know about Yakuza.
Matt Purslow is the UK news and entertainment writer for IGN.